WTA TENNIS • WUHAN PROMISES GREAT FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS • DRAWS

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Wuhan draw promises mouthwatering first round match-ups

 

This year’s Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open main singles draw has pitted some of the world’s best players against each other right from the start.

 

The US$2.7 million WTA Premier 5 event in Central China starts in earnest on Sunday and features one of the strongest line-ups of any WTA event this season, so no surprise that many big names were handed tough draws in Friday’s glittering draw ceremony.

 

Among the first-round match-ups, last year’s Wuhan Open runner-up Ashleigh Barty takes on former Top 10 player Johanna Konta and Kiki Bertens faces Swiss star Belinda Bencic.

 

Two-time Grand Slam champion Garbiñe Muguruza plays Alison Van Uytvanck, the talented Belgian who knocked her out of Wimbledon earlier this year, while 2017 Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko finds herself up against entertaining Australian Daria Gavrilova. Coco Vandeweghe plays the in-form Donna Vekic and 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur will have the home crowd against her when she plays local favourite Shuai Zhang.

 

World No.1 Simona Halep is top seed in Wuhan and, like all the top eight seeds, receives a bye into the second round before she plays the winner of an all-Slovak tussle between former Wuhan Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova and former Wimbledon semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova. Defending champion Caroline Garcia will begin her title defence against either a qualifier or her former doubles partner and countrywoman Kristina Mladenovic after a bye.

 

The full singles draw is attached to this press release, with a full run-down of first round matches below.

 

Friday’s opening day of the 2018 tournament featured round 1 of qualifying, with 2016 Olympic Gold Medallist Monica Puig notching up a hard-fought 63 76(5) win over US rising star Claire Liu but top qualifying seed and Ekaterina Makarova falling to young Australian Lizette Cabrera, who earned one of the biggest scalps of her career with a 61 46 63 victory.

 

The second and final round of qualifying takes place on Saturday, with the day’s eight winners joining the 56-player Main Draw. Please scroll down for full day one qualifying results below and Saturday’s Order of Play.

MAIN DRAW

 

DONGFENG MOTOR WUHAN OPEN – WUHAN, CHINA

$2,746,000

21-29 September 2018

 

Women’s Singles First Round

[1] S. Halep (ROU) – Bye

M. Rybarikova (SVK) vs. D. Cibulkova (SVK)

[WC] B. Pera (USA) vs. Qualifier

L. Tsurenko (UKR) vs. [13] D. Kasatkina (RUS)

[11] J. Goerges (GER) vs. [WC] V. Azarenka (BLR)

Qualifier vs. S. Hsieh (TPE)

A. Sabalenka (BLR) vs. C. Suárez Navarro (ESP

[6] E. Svitolina (UKR) – Bye

[3] A. Kerber (GER) – Bye

Qualifier vs. M. Keys (USA)

[WC] S. Zheng (CHN) vs. D. Collins (USA)

J. Konta (GBR) vs. [16] A. Barty (AUS)

[12] K. Bertens (NED) vs. B. Bencic (SUI)

A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs. A. Sevastova (LAT)

A. Krunic (SRB) vs. C. Giorgi (ITA)

[5] P. Kvitova (CZE) – Bye

[7] N. Osaka (JPN) – Bye

[WC] S. Stosur (AUS) vs. S. Zhang (CHN)

C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs. D. Vekic (CRO)

A. Kontaveit (EST) vs. [9] S. Stephens (USA)

[14] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs. A. Van Uytvanck (BEL)

Qualifier vs. Qualifier

K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs. Qualifier

[4] C. Garcia (FRA) – Bye

[8] K. Pliskova (CZE) – Bye

[WC] Q. Wang (CHN) vs. M. Sakkari (GRE)

A. Cornet (FRA) vs. B. Strycova (CZE)

D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs. [10] J. Ostapenko (LAT)

[15] E. Mertens (BEL) vs. A. Sasnovich (BLR)

Qualifier vs. K. Flipkens (BEL)

T. Babos (HUN) vs. Qualifier

[2] C. Wozniacki (DEN) – Bye

 

FRIDAY’S QUALIFYING RESULTS AND SATURDAY ORDER OF PLAY:

 

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

Women’s Qualifying Singles – First Round

Qualifying – L. Cabrera (AUS) d [1] E. Makarova (RUS) 61 46 63

Qualifying – [2] K. Siniakova (CZE) d J. Teichmann (SUI) 63 63

Qualifying – [3] M. Puig (PUR) d C. Liu (USA) 63 76(5)

Qualifying – N. Gibbs (USA) d [4] S. Cirstea (ROU) 64 75

Qualifying – [5] R. Peterson (SWE) d X. Han (CHN) 63 61

Qualifying – [WC] X. Wang (CHN) d [6] V. Kuzmova (SVK) 76(5) 62

Qualifying – [8] S. Kenin (USA) d [WC] Z. Yang (CHN) 61 62

Qualifying – S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP) d [9] M. Linette (POL) 46 62 63

Qualifying – [10] M. Vondrousova (CZE) d C. Dolehide (USA) 36 61 61

Qualifying – V. King (USA) d [11] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) 61 60

Qualifying – [12] Y. Wang (CHN) d A. Anisimova (USA) 64 36 62

Qualifying – [13] P. Hercog (SLO) d C. Mchale (USA) 76(2) 61

Qualifying – Y. Duan (CHN) d [14] A. Bogdan (ROU) 26 63 62

Qualifying – [15] M. Niculescu (ROU) d F. Liu (CHN) 62 63

Qualifying – V. Golubic (SUI) d [WC] S. Lisicki (GER) 63 67(4) 61

Qualifying – [Alt] A. Zaja (GER) d [WC] F. Xun (CHN) 63 62

 

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2018

COURT 1 start 11:00 am

Qualifying – L. Cabrera (AUS) vs [12] Y. Wang (CHN)

Qualifying – [WC] X. Wang (CHN) vs V. King (USA)

Not Before 2:30 pm

Qualifying – [5] R. Peterson (SWE) vs Y. Duan (CHN)

 

COURT 2 start 11:00 am

Qualifying – [3] M. Puig (PUR) vs [13] P. Hercog (SLO)

Qualifying – [8] S. Kenin (USA) vs [15] M. Niculescu (ROU)

Not Before 2:30 pm

Qualifying – N. Gibbs (USA) vs V. Golubic (SUI)

 

COURT 3 start 12:00 noon

Qualifying – [2] K. Siniakova (CZE) vs [10] M. Vondrousova (CZE)

Not Before 2:30 pm

Qualifying – [Alt] A. Zaja (GER) vs S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP)

 

The 2018 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open takes place between 21-29 September 2018. For more information and to buy tickets visit: www.wuhanopen.org and www.4008702014.com

 

About the 2018 Wuhan Open:

Optics Valley International Tennis Centre, Wuhan, China

WTA Premier 5 event

September 21-29 September, 2018

Total Financial Commitment: $2,746,000 (USD)

56 Singles Main Draw, 32 Qualifying Draw, 28 Doubles Draw

Winner’s WTA ranking points: 900

 

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